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FUNDING Luxembourg

Film Fund Luxembourg announces the recipients of its latest slate of funding

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- The country’s film agency will back 20 new audiovisual projects, giving out a total of €8,096,109 in production and development grants

Film Fund Luxembourg announces the recipients of its latest slate of funding
Director Laura Schroeder, who has received development support for Maret

Following the selection committee’s decision-making session held from 20-24 July, Film Fund Luxembourg has announced the recipients of its latest slate of funding, who will be given a total of €8,096,109 in production and development grants. On this occasion, the committee evaluated 34 applications in total, with the requested amount of assistance totalling over €18.1 million.

The agency has granted development support to ten new projects – specifically, six fiction films, one documentary, two animated series and one animated feature. In detail, the six feature-length fiction projects awarded are Stéphan Roelants and Moussa Touré’s Poussière rouge (€30,000, produced by a_BAHN with Senegalese partners), Félix Koch’s Vakanz Doheem (€30,000, staged by Samsa Films), Adolf El Assal’s Hooped (€40,000, a Wady Films production), Laura Schroeder’s Maret (€30,000, produced by Red Lion), Ivan Goldschmidt’s Chaleur sans Frontières (€30,000, produced by Paul Thiltges Distributions and Belgian partners) and Eric Lamhene’s Mir géint d’Welt (€50,000, staged by Samsa Films).

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Meanwhile, both animated series benefiting from development support are being produced by Foetz-based Zeilt Productions. They are Julien Renault’s Le Fond du Bocal (€45,000, a Luxembourgish-French co-production) and Cyril Bossmann’s Barababor: Le Livre des Contes (€39,099). Lastly, the sole documentary and animated flick in receipt of a development grant are Fabrizio Maltese’s An Accidental Collector (€60,000, produced by Joli Rideau Media), and Blies Brothers and Kim O’Bomsawin’s Ghostdance (€120,000, staged by a-BAHN in co-operation with Canadian partners), respectively.

Moreover, the film body handed out €7,592,010 in production support grants. This time around, Atiq Rahimi’s Les Échelles du Levant is in receipt of the grant of the biggest magnitude (€1,670,000, staged by Red Lion). The project, a Luxembourgish-French-Italian-Lebanese-Turkish co-production, is an adaptation of Amin Maalouf’s novel of the same name, and has been penned by Claire Le Luhern, Catherine Charrier and Ron Senkowski. Three more feature-length fiction films received generous grants accounting for more than €1 million – namely, Federico Milella’s Percy et ses amis – Les quatre saisons (€1,500,000, produced by Fabrique d’Images), Ilmar Raag’s Erik Stoneheart (€1,100,000, produced by Paul Thiltges Distributions in co-operation with Estonian, Finnish, Lithuanian and Latvian firms) and Barbara Kronenberg’s Mission Ulja Funk (€1,100,000, produced by Samsa Films with German and Polish outfits). Minor grants were awarded to Joseph Mayor and Laurent Moyse’s documentary Crise et Chuchotements (€165,000, produced by Rishon Films), Romed Wyder’s fiction feature Une Histoire Provisoire (€834,254, staged by Amour Fou Luxembourg in co-operation with Swiss partners) and Romain de Saint-Blanquat’s fiction feature La Morsure (€776,866, produced by domestic outfit Tarantula Luxembourg and other firms from Belgium and France).

Finally, one VR project and two short fiction films were backed by the agency: Marie Amachoukeli’s Hypno (€150,000, produced by Bidibul Productions and French partners), Gil Pinheiro’s Who Will Separate Us (€145,890, staged by Equinox Productions) and Frédérique Buck’s You Kai (€150,000, a Paul Thiltges Distributions presentation), respectively.

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